The importance of centralization: A comparison and analysis of the Balanta and Khoisan peoples of Africa

Written by Amanda Loch on . Posted in Writing

The African continent spans the globe, housing a large variety of climates and ecological zones, from deserts and savannas to jungles and forests.  Native people settling in any African eco-zone were forced to find ways to live off of the land’s resources to survive, and the tactics they employed to do so often had larger impacts on their lives and the lives of their ancestors.  Where they lived, what they ate, their political system and how (if at all) they traded helped groups like the Balanta and hindered the Khoisan when it came to survival and finding resilience as European settlers threatened their existence or imposed on their way of life.  The ability to adapt to change and environmental variation was pivotal to the survival of these cultures.